U.S. sanctions six Nigerian nationals for connections to Boko Haram

U.S. sanctions six Nigerian nationals for connections to Boko Haram

A person walks previous an commercial for the battle towards terrorist group Boko Haram on the again of a public bus in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2015. The USA introduced sanctions on six people over their connections to the group on Friday. File Photograph by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

March 26 (UPI) — The USA sanctioned six individuals related to the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram.

The Treasury Division added the individuals to its record of “specifically designated nationals and blocked individuals,” the division introduced on Friday. The group of Nigerian nationals consists of Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.

Final 12 months, the boys have been discovered responsible by a federal courtroom in Abu Dhabi of establishing a Boko Haram cell within the United Arab Emirates to lift funds for armed fighters in Nigeria. They have been additionally convicted of making an attempt to ship $782,000 from Dubai to Nigeria.

Adamu and Muhammad have been sentenced to life in jail for violating UAE anti-terrorism legal guidelines whereas Musa, Yusuf, Isa and Alhassan have been sentenced to 10 years in jail adopted by deportation.

Beneath the phrases of Friday’s sanction, any property or pursuits inside the USA owned by the people have to be blocked and reported to the Treasury’s Workplace of Overseas Belongings Management. The sanction additionally bans individuals in the USA from participating in sure monetary interactions with the boys on the record.

“With this motion, the USA joins the UAE in focusing on terrorist financing networks of mutual concern,” Beneath Secretary of the Treasury Brian Nelson stated in a press launch.

“Treasury continues to focus on monetary facilitators of terrorist exercise worldwide. We welcome multilateral motion on this Boko Haram community to make sure that it isn’t in a position to transfer any additional funds by the worldwide monetary system.”

In keeping with an announcement from the State Division, the boys have been sanctioned for “having materially assisted, sponsored, or supplied monetary, materials, or technological assist for, or items or companies to or in assist of, Boko Haram.”

The USA designated Boko Haram as a terrorist group in 2013.

“The Nigeria-based group is liable for quite a few assaults within the northern and northeastern areas of the nation in addition to within the Lake Chad Basin in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger which have killed hundreds of individuals since 2009,” the State Division launch stated.

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